Preventing Catastrophe from Natural Disasters in California


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Which of the following is a use for a probabilistic seismic hazard maps?

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1. Why is a geological hazard map that shows earthquake frequency useful?

2. Two areas on a geological hazard map have the same probability of experiencing shaking. Does this mean they will have the same amount of damage?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

California is susceptible to earthquakes. You will be tested on tools for predicting these natural disasters, interpreting geological hazard maps and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the quiz you will be assessed on these points:

  • Information used to create a geological hazard map
  • Applications of a geological hazard map
  • Uses of a probabilistic seismic hazard map

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain why it is important for researchers to create geological hazard maps
  • Reading comprehension- verify that you can pull the most important information from the lesson about probabilistic seismic hazard maps
  • Information recall - access the understanding you've gained about reading and interpreting these kinds of maps

Additional Learning

Find out more on this topic by reading the lesson named Preventing Catastrophe from Natural Disasters in California. This lesson discusses:

  • The Richter scale
  • Predicted shaking maps
  • How earthquakes can affect different kinds of structures